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Midseason TV

The CW Announces Midseason Schedule

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 2nd 2011 6:20PM
The Vampire Diaries'One Tree Hill' fans, the end is almost here. The CW has announced the final season of its angst-driven soap will premiere Wed., Jan. 11 at 8PM ET. New series 'Remodeled' debuts Wed., Jan. 18 at 9PM ET.

In the final season of 'One Tree Hill,' Brooke and Julian juggle parenting and careers, Haley struggles while Nathan is on the road and Chad Michael Murray returns as Lucas.

'Remodeled' follows modeling industry veteran Paul Fisher as he tries to unite hundreds of smaller agencies into a new venture called The Network.

New episodes of 'The Vampire Diaries' and 'The Secret Circle' return Thurs., Jan. 5 and 'Ringer' returns Tues., Jan. 10.

Check out the full midseason schedule below.

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'The Bachelor' Season 16 Premiere Date Set

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 2nd 2011 4:30PM
Ben FlajnikSeason 16 of ABC's 'The Bachelor' -- yes, there have been that many seasons -- kicks off Mon., Jan. 2 at 8PM ET.

Starring Ashley Hebert's rejected beau Ben Flajnik, the new season will feature 25 contestants vying for Ben's heart. According to ABC, Ben claims to have been in love only three times -- one of them being with Ashley.

The 16th season premiere will be two hours.

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Hello, Seaside! 'Jersey Shore' Season 5 Premiere Date Revealed

by Crystal Bell, posted Nov 2nd 2011 4:10PM
jersey shore season 5 premiere dateLooks like MTV is giving its audience the best holiday present ever! The network, known for its reality drama, finally set a release date for the much-anticipated Season 5 of 'Jersey Shore.'

The 'Jersey Shore' gang is back on their home turf, starting Jan. 5 in its usual Thursdays at 10PM ET time slot.

After spending some time with the David in Florence, Italy, Snooki and Co. are back where they belong in Seaside Heights, NJ., where they can hit the beach, hook up with some gorilla juice-heads and finally go tanning. You did notice how pale they were in Italy, right?

These kids are going to go crazy.

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'House of Lies' Stars Don Cheadle & Kristen Bell Rock a New Promo

by Maggie Furlong, posted Sep 24th 2011 7:00PM
House of LiesCritics haven't seen more than a quick clip or trailer for Showtime's new comedy 'House of Lies,' but I'm still excited and optimistic for what the show might be.

See I love a lot of the network's so-called comedies, but this one -- starring Don Cheadle, Kristen Bell, Ben Schwartz, Josh Lawson and Dawn Oliveri -- has promise to actually be funny.

Proof: This bare-bones but totally adorable promo of the five management consultants letting loose a bit. Sure, the show's description calls them "cutthroat" and says they'll do just about anything for money, but that can be comical, too. And even without showing me a second of footage from the show, seeing Cheadle's silly side and, of course, Bell's usual adorableness has gotten me pumped to see more.

We'll have to wait until closer to the show's Jan. 8 premiere for actual screeners, but stay tuned. For now, just enjoy ...

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NBC to Release 'Smash' Soundtrack Album, Star Katharine McPhee Signs Record Deal

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jun 10th 2011 7:50AM
Katharine McPhee'Smash' hasn't even aired yet, but there's already an album in the works. It's been announced that Columbia Records has won the rights to the music from NBC's upcoming midseason musical drama series.

The music will include covers of existing hits plus original songs composed by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, the team behind 'Hairspray' and 'Catch Me If You Can.'

It was also announced that 'Smash' star and former 'American Idol' finalist Katharine McPhee, has signed a solo recording deal with Columbia Records. She previously recorded for RCA and Verve Forecast.

Speaking about the deal, Robert Greenblatt, Chairman NBC Entertainment, said "A musical series should naturally be accompanied by a soundtrack deal, and NBC is very excited to be working with the best. Our Columbia Records partners will guide the soundtrack of 'Smash' into a big component of the show's success. The music will be a driving force ... and we couldn't have asked for better expertise and strategy than this company will provide."

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CBC Unveils 'Cover Me Canada,' 'Camelot' for Fall

by Annette Bourdeau, posted Jun 9th 2011 2:00PM

Can't get enough of those TV singing competitions, can you? If so, you're in luck. If 'American Idol,' 'Canadian Idol,' 'The Voice,' 'The X-Factor' and 'America's Got Talent' aren't whetting your whistle, you now have one more option. This fall, CBC is rolling out 'Cover Me Canada,' an elimination-style singing contest.

To separate itself from the rest of the singing contests out there (consider this its version of 'The Voice's swivel chairs), 'Cover Me Canada' will feature contestants singing only songs by Canadian artists. Nicole Appleton, former member of '90s girl group All Saints, will host. Judges haven't been announced yet. (I think Shania Twain would be an excellent choice to be "the nice one." Just sayin'.)

'Cover Me Canada' was the biggest news coming out of the CBC's 2011-2012 season preview earlier this week. George Stroumboulopoulos ran through the new line-up (and even threatened to sing at one point) while Ceeb luminaries like David Suzuki, Wendy Mesley and Rick Mercer waved from the sidelines.

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'Paul Reiser Show' Replaces 'Perfect Couples' on NBC's Schedule

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 22nd 2011 5:00PM
Paul ReiserNBC doesn't seem to be mad about 'Perfect Couples'; the Peacock is replacing it with 'The Paul Reiser Show.' Yes, Paul Reiser is returning to NBC starting Thurs., April 14 at 8:30PM.

The new series, which has been waiting on a premiere date for months now, will knock the underperforming freshman series 'Perfect Couples' off of Thursday night's comedy block.

'The Paul Reiser Show' follows Reiser as a fictionalized version of himself. The setup: Reiser's successful show has been off the air for a few years, he's been living out of the spotlight and working on TV, but behind the scenes. Reiser now finds himself with a new group of friends -- husbands of his wife's friends, parents of kids his children are friends with -- to get into adventures with.

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Midseason Network TV Odds: Are Your Favorite Shows Getting Canceled?

by Robert David, posted Mar 7th 2011 4:15PM
Fox's 'Raising Hope'Don't let anyone fool you ... there is plenty of entertaining TV to go around on broadcast and cable. But if this TV season has seemed a bit underwhelming, well, you're not alone.

Sure, Fox has already renewed sitcom 'Raising Hope'; freshman CBS trio 'Mike & Molly,' 'Hawaii Five-O' and 'Blue Bloods' are safe bets to return next season; low-rated The CW might even be 2-2 with 'Hellcats' and 'Nikita'; and if ABC picks up modest-rated comedy 'Better with You' (unlikely) and NBC decides to renew troubled 'Law & Order: Los Angeles' to keep creator Dick Wolf happy (probably not), eight out of the 22 new shows (or 36 percent) may be back in 2011-12. Not so bad, right?

Not so great either. If buzz around the proverbial water cooler is a true indication of the freshman class of 2010-11, the silence is deafening. Here's a breakdown by network of new series survival odds.

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The Funny 'Traffic Light' Treats Its Characters and Viewers Like Adults

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 8th 2011 1:00PM
Scene from the new FOX sitcom 'Traffic Light'Fifteen years ago, there was a spate of "a group of single friends hang out together" sitcom clones. Now we've reached the stage where we have a proliferation of "three couples at different stages of their relationship" or "two couples at different stages and their single friend who won't grow up" sitcoms. 'Traffic Light,' which premieres on FOX tonight at 9:30PM ET, is one of those. But there's one major difference between this show and similar shows on the schedule.

'Traffic Light' is actually funny.

While watching the four episodes that FOX sent for review, I was trying to put my finger on why this show made me laugh out loud while shows like 'Rules of Engagement,' 'Perfect Couples' and 'Better With You' generally leave me stone-faced. It's not the situations each guy gets himself into; they're fairly generic and have been seen in sitcoms forever. The humor is sophisticated but nothing groundbreaking.

Somewhere around the second episode, though, it hit me: The show was treating its characters as real adults, with relationships that show the flaws and foibles of both people involved. In doing so, it treats its viewers like adults, too, putting faith in them to laugh in recognition at smaller situations without having to resort to this genre's usual over-the-top characterizations.

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'Amazing Race: Unfinished Business' Meet The Teams!

by Michael Maloney, posted Jan 19th 2011 12:00PM
Amazing Race 18 castFor the 18th season of 'The Amazing Race,' producers have invited 11 teams from past seasons to seek redemption and have another shot at the $1 million in 'Amazing Race: Unfinished Business.'

"Usually, you don't have to go back into the drawer because there are so many brilliant people out there who are so good," said Bertram van Munster, the show's executive producer, tells TV Squad. "In this particular case, I think it has great value."

'Amazing Race: Unfinished Business,' which premieres Sun., Feb. 20 at 10PM ET, was also be the first edition to be shot in HD.

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NBC Postpones 'Law & Order: Los Angeles' Return Indefinitely

by Kelly Woo, posted Jan 18th 2011 6:45PM
Law and Order Los angelesLooks like justice is on hold in Hollywood. In a press release, NBC announced it is postponing the Feb. 8 return of 'Law & Order: Los Angeles.'

The shelving comes on the heels of major shake-ups to the cast, including the departure of star Skeet Ulrich. The show is now on hold indefinitely.

The postponement produced ripple effects across NBC's schedule. 'Parenthood,' which had been set to move to Mondays on March 1, will stay in its Tuesday 10PM timeslot for the rest of the season.

'America's Next Great Restaurant' will now premiere on Sun., March 6 at 8PM ET. And 'The Marriage Ref,' which was scheduled to return for a second season at that time, is also on hold until a later date.

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'Being Human' Cast on Nudity, 'No Touching' and Keeping Secrets

by Chris Jancelewicz, posted Jan 18th 2011 4:00PM

Yes, on its surface, 'Being Human' is about a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost cohabitating under one roof; but it's not all about the supernatural. Imported to North America from the UK (isn't that the trend nowadays?), 'Being Human' takes a sometimes-snide look at what it's like living with a secret and how we all try so desperately to be 'normal,' whatever that is.

Co-starring Sam Witwer ('Smallville,' 'Battlestar Galactica') as the vampire, Sam Huntington ('Not Another Teen Movie,' 'Detroit Rock City') as the werewolf and Meaghan Rath ('18 to Life,' 'Heartland') as the ghost, the trio of 'Being Human' has an incredible chemistry and humorous rapport, which is apparent during the interview. TV Squad sat down to talk to the cast about nudity, secrets and how these roles have impacted their daily lives.

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'Bachelor' Skype Recap: Lincee Reacts To This Action-Packed Week (VIDEO)

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jan 18th 2011 3:45PM
'Bachelor' blogger extraordinare Lincee Ray of ihategreenbeans.com is video recapping the weekly misadventures of Brad Womack and his harem of lunatics for us. If we do say so ourselves, her recaps are the best cure for that morning after 'Bachelor' hangover.

And with these ladies, who wouldn't get a hangover? It's the reality TV equivalent of a tequila binge ... in the best way possible.

What do you think of this season? Does Brad seem serious about finding love? And are these women for real?

Check back here every Tuesday all season long to relive the ridiculous or find out what you missed. Now watch, enjoy and sound off in the comments.

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'Skins' Lays It Bare: Teenagers Can Be Very Scary

by Stephanie Earp, posted Jan 17th 2011 5:00PM

Imagine 'Gossip Girl' without the money and glamour, 'Degrassi' without the PG rating, 'Risky Business' as a TV series, or 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High' for the Facebook era, and you'll have an idea of what to expect from 'Skins,' debuting tonight on MTV in the U.S., and on The Movie Network and Movie Central in Canada.

The show is a U.S. adaptation of a successful British series, allegedly set in Baltimore, but clearly shot in my hometown of Toronto. Maybe the Toronto backdrop is what brings 'Degrassi' to mind, but the connection goes deeper than that. We've gotten used to TV teens being completely different from real teens -- they don't get acne, they dress impeccably, and spend their time fighting and/or dating vampires. As with early 'Degrassi,' the characters of 'Skins' have much more in common with the jerks we ourselves once were, and the jerks some of us are raising. They are messy eaters, they wear drugstore makeup, and go to school in jeans, not Prada.

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'Harry's Law' Needs to Ease Up on the Quirk, Emphasize Kathy Bates

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 17th 2011 9:00AM
Scene from 'Harry's Law' on NBC. Debuting 1/17/11 at 10PM ETWhen I spoke to David E. Kelley last week, he was quick to admit that his new show, 'Harry's Law,' is a bit of a risky move for him and NBC.

Not because it's an unusual show or something no one's ever seen before, mind you. "The production values of shows have become so sophisticated that to ask an audience to be patient, to sit in the courtroom and listen to Q&A's, I mean, it's just, it's a bit old fashioned. And this show is a bit old fashioned," he said.

After watching the first two episodes, I definitely agree with him. It has all the hallmarks of a Kelley series: quirky characters and setting, cases that touch upon current societal issues, long courtroom speeches. Unfortunately, in this case, that's not such a good thing.

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